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Grow Yorkshire is a Y&NY LEP initiative for food and farming as vital sectors within our region. Together with our partners, we are investing in the growth and development of food and farming with a strategic remit across Environment, Innovation, Skills and Wellbeing. 

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Our Strategy

Grow Yorkshire delivers initiatives aligned under 4-strategic pillars ensuring alignment with partners and the needs of Yorkshire based farming businesses are met.


The relationship between agricultural production and the environment is increasingly essential to modern profitable and sustainable farming.  Grow Yorkshire provides access to specialist information and support to help Farmers understand policies and plan for the future. 


Through Partners, Grow Yorkshire connects farmers with farming research working with leading agricultural colleges, researchers and businesses to develop the knowledge and technologies that will make modern farming more sustainable, resilient, and productive.


Technology is becoming more central to even the most traditional roles in agriculture. Grow Yorkshire collates resources covering Business and Individual skills to help existing and future Yorkshire Farmers as they transition to delivering environmental benefits alongside food production. 


Grow Yorkshire bring together experts who ensure Farmers’ physical and mental health and wellbeing aren’t pushed to one side. We provide access to support which help Yorkshire Farmers stay safe and healthy on the farm and combat rural isolation.

Our Partners

The Grow Yorkshire Steering Group brings together key organisations that already offer extensive assistance to farmers and farm businesses. Through a more collaborative and coordinated approach, we’re looking to increase take up and impact of support services, identify the current and future needs of farming and food industry and secure future funding and backing from the Government to address them.

Members of the steering group include:

York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (Y&NY LEP) National Farmer’s Union of England and Wales (NFU)
Country Land and Business Association (CLA) Yorkshire Agricultural Society (YAS)
Yorkshire Food, Farming Rural Network (YFFRN) Fera Science Ltd (Fera)
Deliciouslyorkshire (DY) Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
Future Farmers of Yorkshire (FFoY) The University of York (UoY)

Grow Yorkshire is also represented in the following organisations or programmes:

Yorkshire Food, Farming and Rural Network – Executive Committee FixOurFood Programme
East Yorkshire Rural Partnership– Steering Group Crown Commercial Service – Advisory Board (Food Programme)
Yorkshire Dales National Park – Farming in Protected Landscapes (FiPL) Assessment Panel 




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